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Welland Canals Parkway Trail (Welland Section)

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   Built on an expansive network of routes that span from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, the canals were originally used for the purpose of transporting goods via ships. These days, it still operates as a way of transportation, but offers a beautiful trail that has been naturalized and kept secret from the main roads of the surrounding cities.

   The Parkway Trail features a nicely paved path and gravel trails that will please the likes of cyclists, rollerbladers, longboarders, runners, and walkers. Due to its accessibility it is a great place to take children, or to be active on serene trails abounding with natural growth. Recreationists will love having a trail of their own without interruption from any stop signs, or motorists.


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This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled Roaming the Rose City: The Local Experience.


Hours of Operation

   The trail is accessible all year round.


Historical information

   Since 1959, tens of millions of tonnes have been delivered through the Seaway every year, as it an critical means of shipping goods. It helps in the generation of $222 million dollars in the Niagara Region, and is considered to be one of the largest employers in the region.


Recreational information

   If you are a lover of wheeled activities, count the Parkway Trail to accommodate to your needs, provide the smoothest paths, and most beautiful scenery woo you.

   Just north of Welland, along the Parkway Trail is the North Welland Flatwater Community Centre. Here you will have the opportunity to participate in different water activities (including canoeing, kayaking, dragon boating, and rowing) by renting or taking part in classes.  



   The Niagara Region is known for its beauty and small-town feel. We suggest taking your time as you drive past the lovely farmers fields, wineries, and winding roads. The following directions depict our suggestions from both Toronto and Buffalo.
From Toronto: 
     From 401 West:
1. Head onto the 401 West
2. Keep right to continue on 403 West/Hamilton
     From Gardiner Expressway:
1. Head onto the Gardiner Expressway West
2. Merge onto 403 West/Hamilton
3. Remain on the Queen Elizabeth Way, via 403 West for approximately 21km Keep left, following signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie
4. After approximately 43km, take exit 57 for Victoria Avenue toward Vineland. Head southward on Victoria Avenue.
5. Turn eastward (left) on King Street, (after 2km you will pass by Jordan Village – a quaint little town with great boutiques and restaurants, see ______ for more information)
6. Turn southward (right) on Ninth Street
7. On Pelham Road turn eastward (left) and stay right to immediately head southeast on Wessel Drive
8. Merge onto Effingham Street
9. Turn eastward (left) on Roland Road
10. Turn southward (right) on Merrittville Highway
11. Continue onto Niagara Street
12. Follow Niagara Street south until you reach Thorold Road
13. Turn left, heading east on Thorold Road
14. The Welland Canals Parkway Trail is at the end of the road
From Niagara Falls:
1. Head northwest on the Rainbow Bridge toward Falls Avenue, veering right, follow Falls Avenue until you reach Hiram Street on your first right. Turn here and head southeast on Hiram Street until you reach River Road
2. Turn right heading southwest onto River Road. Continue on River Road which runs along the Niagara River
3. Merge onto Niagara Parkway. Follow Niagara Parkway. You will pass the Horseshoe Falls on your left. Continue along Niagara Parkway past the Niagara Parks Floral Showcase on your right
4. Continue on Niagara Parkway through the Dufferin Islands and past Kingsbridge where the road will merge onto Macklem Street heading in a southwest direction
5. At the end of the road make a left onto Portage Road heading southeast, travel over the bridge and follow the road until you reach Main Street
6. Turn right onto Main Street heading southwest and follow the road as it merges into Lyons Creek Road/Regional Road 47. Follow The 47 until you reach Montrose Road/Regional Road 98
7. Turn left onto Montrose Road heading south and follow the road until you reach Schisler Road/Regional Road 27, where you will take a slight right
8. Follow The 27 eastward and continue straight on to East Main Street/Regional Road 27
9. Follow East Main Street across the Main Street Bridge onto West Main Street
10. As you come off the bridge an entrance to the trail is on the right
Please Note: If you are driving, free parking is avaliable part way down the trail at the end of Thorold Road.


Further Information


For more information please visit The City of Welland's Website

Google Paths

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Welland Canals Parkway Trail
67 Merritt Street
Welland, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.00378
Longitude -79.242939

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